Psycho-Educational Tips for Correcting and Redirecting Behavior
This is an excerpt from my blog post, â€śClassroom Management: 23 Psycho-Educational Tips for Correcting and Redirecting Behavior.â€ť You can read the complete article, plus 50+ articles in psycho-education and in alternative teaching techniques for students with low academic skills on my blog, â€śThe Psycho-Educational Teacher.â€ť
1.Disapprove the behavior, not the child. Avoid using messages that refer to the childâ€™s character, for example, â€śYou are always messing upâ€ť or â€śYou never listen to anyone!â€ť In these kinds of messages, words like â€śalwaysâ€ť and â€śneverâ€ť imply the notion that the childâ€™s behavior is an inherent trait, like having brown eyes, and it is not going to change.
2.Use eye contact, say the childâ€™s name, and use pleasant words.
3.Stay cool, do not display emotion, and remain calm and business-like.
4.Stay close to the child (at a deskâ€™s length), avoiding giving reprimands across the room.
5.Begin on a positive note. Before correcting the child, let her know what she did that you like. For example, â€śWow, you worked hard to wipe your desk clean. All that you need to do now is to remove these small spots here.â€ť
6.Avoid vague or global statements like â€śThis is sloppily writtenâ€ť or â€śBe nice to Justin.â€ť The child needs to know exactly what he is doing poorly.
7.Avoid using negative directions that tell the student what not to do, for example, â€śDo not make noisesâ€ť or â€śDo not hit other children.â€ť
8.Describe what you want the child to do in positive terms. Use positive wording, that is, telling the child what he should do rather than what not to do. For example, â€śRaise your hand to talkâ€ť instead of â€śDo not call out the answers.â€ť
9.Use positive direction by guiding the child towards a more appropriate behavior. Tell the child the alternative behavior, for example, rather than saying, â€śDo not color on your desk,â€ť say, â€śYou can color on this paper, not on your desk.â€ť
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